Monday, March 20, 2017

Adoptive Family Camp Featuring TBRI!

Journey of Hope
Adoptive Family Camp - Apply by March 31st!
This summer, Holt-Sunny Ridge will be hosting our first Journey of Hope summer camp for domestic and international adoptees and their families.
This three-day camp is designed around the Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI)® parenting curriculum for adoptees and their families. Even years after their adoption, some children may struggle with behavior regulation, attachment and social skills. This camp will equip families with tools and strategies they can use to help their child learn self-regulation skills and deepen family attachment. Parents will also receive specialized TBRI training. 

Other activities include fun sensory games, art and equine therapy.
When: Friday, June 23 – Sunday, June 25, 2017 | 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Where: The Ranch of Hope Reins Equine Camp in Hampshire, IL
Cost: $350 per family or $450 for a family with more than one child

Requirements to Attend:
  1. Attending families must have both parents attend all 3 days
  2. For families who want to register siblings, both children must meet the requirements. If one does not, then childcare arrangements will need to be made for the sibling that is not eligible.
  3. Child(ren) must have been home for at least 1 year, and be between 7 to 11 years old.
  4. Please see flyer for more details before you apply.
Only ten spots are available for this pilot camp and applications are due by 
March 31, 2017. So apply now! 
 Questions? Contact Pam at

Monday, March 6, 2017

Foster Parent Classes at Allendale

Thursday, March 16th 6:30 – 8:30 pm Basics of Abuse, Neglect and Dependency Proceedings  in the Juvenile Justice System Kathy Gordon, J.D., Principal Assistant Public Defender of Lake County, will explain the major procedural aspects of child abuse, neglect and dependency hearings in the Juvenile Court System and address questions related to supporting the “best interests” of youth in care. Ms. Gordon began working as Guardian Ad Litem in Lake County via the Public Defender’s Guardian ad Litem Division in 2007 and has spent more than 18 years working for thousands of Illinois children in the juvenile abuse, neglect and dependent system.  She became a certified mediator in 1996 and has volunteered for the Center for Conflict Resolution in Chicago for the last 20 years. 

Thursday, April 20th  6:30 – 8:30 pm Working with Control Sensitive Youth - Reviewing with Focus Daniel Goldberg, Psy.D. and Andie Becker, M.A., Allendale Association Residential Therapists and Trainers, will present a focused review of how the attachment style of the children in our care relates to their behaviors, particularly around issues of control and decision-making.  Gain understanding of the youth’s behaviors, what motivates the connection to peers and adults, and how to aid in changing behaviors.  

Bradley Counseling Center, 420 Grand Ave, Lake Villa
RSVP by email or call 847-356-3322

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Young Adult Adoptee Group!

Young Adult Adoptee Group
This event is for older teens and adults (15 years old or older) who would like to discuss adoption-related topics in a safe and open environment. Parents can also attend a separate group simultaneously, led by a licensed therapist (no fee for parents, but please RSVP). Discussions will range in topics from:
    • peer relationships, 
    • launching out of their parents home, 
    • college/career, 
    • and other adoption related issues.
Facilitated by Pam Shepard, LCSW and an adult-adoptee.  
March 7, 2016
Tuesday, 6:30pm to 8:00pm


Holt-Sunny Ridge Children's Services
270 Remington Blvd 
Suite D 
Bolingbrook, IL 60440

Holt-Sunny Ridge | 630-754-4500 |

Monday, February 20, 2017

Sensory Night: A Hands-On Workshop for Parents!

The Vulnerable Children’s Ministry Presents

Sensory Night: A Hands-On
Workshop for Parents

Wednesday, March 8th, 7:30-8:45pm
Willow Creek Community Church,
(In Guest Central, off the main lobby)
67 E. Algonquin Road, So. Barrington, IL

This highly engaging workshop, taught by a certified Learning Behavioral Specialist, will offer hands-on, practical information about sensory issues, how to recognize them in your children, and what tools you can use to help them.

  • Learn how to make your own Sensory Kit with items around your home.

  • Discover sensory tools and ideas that help!

  • Take part in an exercise that will show you how it feels to have sensory overload.

  • Meet “Domino” the therapy bunny!

DCFS Training Credits are available for this workshop

Childcare for infants through pre-K is available, and Awana is available for Kindergarten through Grade 5 at Midweek for Kids.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Safe Families Training Opportunities!

Safe Families for Children Presents
Chicago Area Volunteer Training Days!

Prospective Safe Families are invited to attend a live, accelerated Comprehensive Training Session. 

Offered as an alternative to online training, this event is designed to equip you to welcome a child into your home (Host Family) or support a host or placing parent (Family Friend) and move you through the training process efficiently. The live Comprehensive Training Session includes everything you need to become a certified Safe Family Volunteer—all in one place. 
  • Start or submit your application
  • Get fingerprints taken for the background check
  • Complete your training hours
  • Meet like-minded families who will support you
February 18, Chicago, IL
February 25th, Evanston, IL
March 4th, Crystal Lake, IL
March 11th, So. Barrington, IL
March 18th, Naperville, IL
for any of the locations.
The training will be in two parts.  The first two hours will be for all volunteers. The second two hours will be for Host Families.  So, anyone interested in being a Family Friend only needs to stay for the first two hours.  Host Families need to stay for the whole training.

A light breakfast and lunch is included. 

Reserve your spot today! We look forward to seeing you to equip and encourage you in your journey.

If you have further questions please contact Sarah Mohr, 773-653-2222, or

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Foster Care Informational Meeting

Foster Care Information Meeting

Have you ever thought about becoming a foster parent? Join us for an informational meeting where you can come to find answers to your questions!

Many foster parents have said that is was in prayer that they became inspired to open their home to a child in need. Children who have experienced trauma, abuse, neglect, or abandonment need a safe place to heal, to learn, and to grow.  Is God calling you?

Monday, February 20th, 7:00-8:00pm
Willow Creek Community Church
Room B105 (enter by the chapel)
67 E. Algonquin Road, So. Barrington, IL

You will hear from Dr. Cheryl  Stenzel, Director of Allendale’s Foster Care Program, as well as Janice Greenwalt, a foster parent, and a C.A.S.A. (Court Appointed Special Advocate).

For questions and to register, contact Dr. Cheryl Stenzel at or call 847-245-6377

*Please note: Child care is not available for this event.